Seen a big push for the realization of a Waste to Energy (WTE) Project in Catanduanes is the recently issued official statement of Gov. Joseph C. Cua expressing utmost support to the project being worked by the company, Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Solutions, Inc. (APRES), to construct and install the facility at the municipality of Pandan, Catanduanes.
APRES is a specialist WTE development company in the Philippines that is now taking the lead in the nationwide initiatives to ‘turn wastes to energy’ and is the same company pushing for the establishment of WTE Project in Pandan. Said initiative is targeted a solution to both the province’s persistently walloping problem on garbage and expensive electricity. Thus, clearly offering an absolutely environment-friendly technology to produce renewable energy for Catanduanes.
In his statement, APRES President and Chief Executive Officer, Esberto Eubra, Jr., laudably expressed gratitude and appreciation to Gov. Cua for the most sought expression of support from the provincial government that according to him, “with the governor recognizing WTE project as a solution to address the province’s huge problem of garbage disposal having no sanitary landfill anywhere in the province as well augment the increasing demand for electricity, brought said initiative near realization”.
Mr. Eubra, in a recent interview with some members of the local media, presented in prospective, the wholistic gains WTE project would benefit not only the municipality of Pandan but the whole province and region. He stressed of mass employment, increased government revenues, economic progress and social welfare and development while highlighting renewable energy generation as well the solution to the apparent problem of proper waste disposal in the province.
Meanwhile, the recent MOA signing between FICELCO and TRANSCO to effect the construction and installation of a 69KV Submarine Electric Cable ceremoniously witnessed by DOE Sec. Cusi and some other guests including political personalities and members of the local media incidentally brought some disappointment to advocates for the utilization of renewable energy in Catanduanes. They say, “the island is endowed with indigenous sources of electricity, such as: sunlight for solar energy; streams and rivers for hydro energy, wind power; and wastes for wase-to-energy.” They further pointed out, “there’s no alternative for using utilizing renewable energy for power generation to be sustainable, cheap, practical and environment friendly”. (Jo Mendiola-Buena)